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Story of Shady Cove was written by Alma
early as 1870, tiny rural schools began serving Shady Cove area
pioneers. The promise of free land drew hard-working families in the
1930’s. Like most of the Upper Rogue communities, the Shady Cove
economy was based upon timber. In 1980, the once thriving statewide
timber industry declined and led our region to focus upon our natural
resources in promoting a tourism based economy.
village of Shady Cove is renowned for a number of images unique to its
location in the region known as the Upper Rogue. With Crater Lake
nestled in the mountains 60 miles north of Shady Cove, the incredibly
beautiful Rogue River winding its long journey to the ocean, and the
green hills and pine trees sloping towards the town center, it is no
wonder tourists are attracted to this small rural town.
fall of 1969, just after the historic Space Landing and Astronaut Neil
Armstrong’s walk on the moon, the father of the famous astronaut
visited and fished the Rogue River. Numerous other well-know
personalities have enjoyed the Region’s rural atmosphere and outdoor
adventures, including Tom Selleck, Kurt Russell (with his Dad).
Even Arnold Schwartzenegger felt relaxed in our region’s non-pressured
lifestyle. Laura Bush and friends drove through Shady Cove on
their visit to Crater Lake.
1964, the quaint little fishing and timber village was devastated by a
flood that destroyed many Shady Cove homes, along with tall pine trees
and much of the community’s history. The power of the
flood also destroyed the original bridge crossing the scenic Rogue River
and the Seggerman Saw Mill located adjacent to the bridge (current site
of Edgewater Inn).
community of Shady Cove incorporated as a city in 1972. Ray
Briggs, affectionately known as “Mr. Shady Cove” was Shady Cove’s
first Mayor and appointed local resident, Annie Briggs, and lodging
business owner, Faye Thompson, to the Planning Commission. Faye
continued as a volunteer long after, and in 1976, Senator Mark Hatfield,
State of Oregon, heard of Faye Thompson and her beautification project
themed: “Make Shady Cove Shady (with
trees) – soon, she found herself invited to represent the little
City of Shady Cove in Washington D.C. during the United State’s
Bi-Centennial Celebration. Under Faye’s leadership and marking
the year-long celebration, evergreen seedlings donated by the U.S.
Forestry, were planted throughout the Village of Shady Cove and nearby
area to assist Faye’s quest to return the area to the beautiful place
she knew prior to the flood on Christmas Day, 1964. Today, you
will see “forty-year old Pine trees” standing tall and dotting areas
around and in the heart of Shady Cove…
1977, Lost Creek Lake, a reservoir located on the Rogue River, 9 miles
north of Shady Cove, was built by the US Army Corps of Engineers for
flood control. In1972, the US Army Corps of Engineers began
construction on the Lost Creek Dam, it was completed in 1977. In 1996,
Congress renamed Lost Creek Dam along with the adjoining intake
structure in honor of William L.
one of the founders of the Rogue Basin Association, which was
established in 1955.
Cole M. River Fish Hatchery, one of the largest in Oregon (and Western
States) is just down stream of the dam and a short distance north of
Shady Cove. Built by the US Army Corps of Engineers and
operated by the Oregon Department of Fish &
Wildlife, the hatchery
can produce 425,000 pounds of trout and salmon, annually.
For additional history on Shady Cove, see
photographs at the Shady Cove-Upper Rogue Visitor’s Center, located
inside the Rogue River RV Park, 21800 Hwy 62, Shady Cove (next to the
Shady Cove Bridge).
COVE … A must stop
On your way to Crater Lake National Park
Highway 62, four miles north of Hwy 234, in back of Trail
Christian Fellowship, the Rogers’ Rogue River Ranch can be seen …
another historic land mark, is located a mile further at Mile Marker 18,
just south of Shady Cove. The “Lonesome Hickory Tree” can be
viewed and identified by an Oregon Heritage Tree plaque.
Mary Louisa Black planted this shagbark hickory near her home in 1866
from nuts she carried from Missouri by wagon train on the Oregon Trail
in 1865. This lone survivor of snow, summer heat and Rogue River
flooding is the only shagbark hickory in the area.
mile marker 21, a sign on Crater Lake Highway 62 depicts a fisherman
greeting north bound travelers. Shady Cove is known as the recreational
hub of the Rogue-Umpqua National Scenic Byway – and is the southern
gateway to Crater Lake National Park. Shady Cove is situated 60
miles south of Crater Lake, and is the nearest full service community
(off I-5) to the nation’s sixth, and Oregon’s only, national park.
village of Shady Cove, an “all-season” recreation destination, has
long been a popular fishing village and source for raft rentals, fishing
outfitters, casual to notable dining, unique gift and retail shops, and
includes a locally owned wine tasting room. Two RV Parks located
on the Rogue River, nearby camping, and three motels, including a
“rustic recluse for vacationing fishermen” situated on the banks of
the Rogue River; a recently renovated motel south of the Shady Cove
Bridge; and, in the heart of Shady Cove, adjacent to the bridge and
overlooking the captivating Rogue River, is a beautiful 56 unit
luxurious motel and conference room attracting individuals, groups, and
small-to medium-size conventions and retreats. This motel is
conveniently located to a public boat ramp; the Shady Cove-Upper Rogue
Regional Park; and, the Jackson County River House Conference
attractive property situated on the Rogue River; is a popular site,
especially in the summertime, for weddings and family reunions.
And, “A RIVER RUNS
THRU IT!” …
To dazzle and delight both locals and guests.
City of Shady Cove is blessed to have the famous Rogue River running
through its town providing locals and visitors with a constant
recreational companion. With a population of nearly 2,900
residents are finding living in this pristine recreational region and
commuting to their workplace provides them with the best of both worlds;
others move here to get away from traffic and the noise of large cities.
Most residents come here to visit and they fall in love with the rural
atmosphere, small town character, friendly people, available services,
activities, healthy lifestyle, fresh clean air, and the ambiance of the
beautiful river and mountains.
Shady Cove is best known as a point of departure for year-round fishing;
this section of the upper Rogue River is noted for runs of large feisty
Spring Chinook Salmon, followed by the famed Summer Steelhead; and, the
Fall Chinook return in early September. Several fishing guides and
outfitters are conveniently located in the village. Famous anglers,
include Western novelist Zane
Grey. In addition,
rafting and kayaking are popular summer attractions. Raft rental
shops are located throughout Shady Cove. Professional rafting
guides are available for an exciting, heart pounding whitewater run.
Lifestyles and all-season recreational opportunities
attract visitors and new residents . . . not all
Cove is fortunate to have amenities of much larger communities. In
addition to food services, catering, a full stocked grocery store and
several quick stops, Shady Cove has available health services including
a medical clinic, dentist, chiropractic, massage therapy and a fitness
center all located in the heart of Shady Cove. There are three gas
stations; auto and marine mechanics, unique gift shops (some display for
sale fine art and original artisan wares), churches and a host of social
and civic organizations. Shady Cove is proud of its new Jackson County
Library, and new Upper Rogue Community Center & Thrift Shop.
Elementary and middle schools are adjacent to City Hill, at the north
end of town - visit: www.shadycove.net
civic responsibility that comes with being part of a National Scenic
Byway, the Greater Shady Cove Boosters have contributed a large part to
the community’s beautification program.
group “boosters the spirit” of the community with seasonal banners
waving in the breeze throughout the business community. In
addition, twice a year, this group sponsors and contributes valuable
volunteer hours to the River Clean-Up Program.
Events . . .
always something going on in Shady Cove. To usher in spring,
visitors are encouraged to take a scenic self-guided drive to view
millions of daffodils blooming from early March through mid-April on
Daffodil Hill (Sawyer Rd). A popular
Wildflower Show, set for the first weekend in May, displays over 200 local
and regional specimens. This event also features fine art by the
Upper Rogue Artist Association, and handmade quilts displayed for show and
sale by local Material Girls.
last Saturday of June brings the whimsical SPAM® Festival to the
Rogue River Drive
) with music, vendors, and of course you can get your fill of SPAM®.
Don't miss the
popular River ArtWalk.
enjoy Shady Cove amenities and Community Spirit!
2,939 * Elevation: 1401 * Rainfall: Approx 33" - some snow for short
periods. Winter Temperatures falling below 32 degrees are rare. Summers
are dry and warm with daytime highs of
90 degrees - evenings
may require a wrap.